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5 Beer-y Thanksgiving Side Dishes that Totally Outshine Turkey

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I have a confession to make. I don’t really like turkey—there, I said it. Some may consider it a Thanksgiving sin, but I build my whole plate (plates—let’s be honest) around the side dishes at the table. I think these dishes really steal the show, and it doesn’t hurt that they’re often starch-based (#amen).

Don’t get me wrong, turkey is OK. But, I think it’s best enjoyed in my post Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwich creation: white bread, turkey, a little cornbread dressing, lima beans, mayo and lots of black pepper (don’t knock it till you try it!).

To celebrate my obsession, here’s a roundup of a few of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes made with craft beer that are the perfect addition to your holiday table. In addition to beer, most of these recipes also include bacon, because hey, it can never hurt, right?

Seriously, the sweet potatoes with maple smoked bacon and beer will change your life. I make them all time!

Meghan Storey has been lucky enough to work in the world of craft beer since graduating from the University of Mississippi. Now living in Nashville, TN, with her big yellow dog Wally, she loves introducing friends to new craft beer and food pairings. Since beginning work on she can be found adding beer to just about everything she cooks. is fully dedicated to small and independent U.S. breweries. We are published by the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers. Stories and opinions shared on do not imply endorsement by or positions taken by the Brewers Association or its members.